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Scottsdale special needs students take part in Super Kids Day


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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

Scottsdale Unified School District  students and staff will participate in the Annual Super Kids Day event 1o a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Mountain View Park in Scottsdale.

SUSD special needs students, Adapted Physical Education teachers, Special Education teachers and Service Learning students will be involved in the event held at the park at 8625 E. Mountain View Road in Scottsdale.

Super Kids Day includes special needs students, with mild to severe physical and mental disabilities.

The event has a carnival setup with activities and stations scattered throughout the park. Some of the stations include bowling, golf, face painting, basketball, soccer, target throw, tennis, tug-o-war and inflatable bouncers.

Teachers and assistants escort their students from station to station at their own speed. The stations are monitored and assisted by student helpers from the Service Learning Program and sports teams in SUSD, as well as teachers and volunteers.

Mascots and local celebrities, including Sparky from Arizona State University, Big Red from the Arizona Cardinals, Baxter from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Gorilla from the Phoenix Suns, cheerleaders and athletes from SUSD’s high schools, gymnasts from the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics, gold pros from Continental Golf Course and representatives from the City of Scottsdale Police and Scottsdale Fire Departments, have donated their time to the event.

In addition, school PTO’s, Costco, Sam’s Club and Starbucks have also made donations.

The event has allowed special needs students to participate in many new games, sports and activities with their peers and mentors. It has given them an opportunity to participate in an annual event, which extends beyond the physical education curriculum.

Super Kids Day was started in 1999 by Pam Evans, lead adapted physical education teacher, as a small field day event for special needs students in the SUSD. Since then, it has grown to include 250 students representing 20 schools which serve Kindergarten through 8th grade in the District.

For information, contact Becky Kelbaugh at: 480-484-6223, bkelbaugh@susd.org.

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – AAll Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education.

For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit www.susd.org